Reading fiction […] is a way of treating ourselves better

So even if you don’t agree that reading fiction makes us treat others better, it is a way of treating ourselves better. Reading has been shown to put our brains into a pleasurable trance-like state, similar to meditation, and it brings the same health benefits of deep relaxation and inner calm. Regular readers sleep better, have lower stress levels, higher self-esteem, and lower rates of depression than non-readers.

– Ceridwen Dovey, ”Can Reading Make You Happier” i The New Yorker

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2 responses to “Reading fiction […] is a way of treating ourselves better

  1. Nina Othman

    I knew it!

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